This is what happens when reporters act like stenographers:
Investigators made a disturbing discovery of weapons and messages of hate hidden in a Mount Sinai, Long Island home, and the question remained Thursday as to what the suspects were planning.
As CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported, two brothers were arrested after a police search of their Long Island home uncovered an arsenal of weapons, bomb-making instructions and Neo-Nazi materials.
“Today’s search warrant might have prevented a deadly violent incident like the one we recently saw in Orlando,” said Suffolk County police Commissioner Timothy Sini.
Investigators said they found directions for making bombs and a racist manifesto contained in a leather-bound binder, $42,000 in cash, and an arsenal of assault rifles including some with high-capacity magazines. All that was found amid photos of Adolf Hitler, flags with swastikas, and other hate-filled propaganda.
Marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms were also found, authorities said.
“These individuals pose a clear and present danger, or at least they did,” Sini said. “They have clearly subscribed to a hateful ideology, they had an illegal arsenal at their fingertips.”
But as CBS2’s Brian Conybeare reported, a friend of the brothers said that the claims about them was crazy.
“What the hell are they talking about, they’re going to plan some attack?!” said the friend, who identified himself only as Bob. “I’ve known them my whole life. They’re not going to do anything.”
Bob said Edward Perkowski runs a military surplus business, and that was why he had all the weapons.
“They’re just legitimately good people,” he said.
OMG! Nazis, guns and bombs?
I don’t know about the guns or the drugs because New York has some weird laws that make it a felony to possess a “high-capacity magazine” and I don’t know if they have decriminalized small amounts of marijuana. A big tell is that they don’t mention any weight. We could easily be talking about a baggie full of weed and a couple shrooms.
All of the guns pictured can be legally purchased in most states, and if they think that is a large “arsenal” of weapons they should see my brother-in-law’s collection. As far as I know knives are still legal in New York, and I used to have a replica Nazi dagger just like that dagger hanging on the flag on the wall. I got it from a catalog.
The Nazi paraphernalia is legal in all 57 states. So are the “bomb making” instructions. You can even get that information off the internet. As far as the cash, the cops don’t think there is any legal reason to possess it and they love to seize it first (asset forfeiture) and make you prove you came by it legally, but there is no claim that it was obtained illicitly.
So what was the warrant for? Was this part of some legitimate investigation, or was this just a PR stunt?
I’m not saying that the two brothers were wonderful people. I’m not saying that they didn’t break any laws.
All I’m saying is that the cops didn’t narrowly avert another atrocity. They probably just rolled up a couple run-of-the-mill dirtbags.